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The Dining Room and Terrace

800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
+1 805-845-5800
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly
800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was here 13 days ago wrote an amazing review. Came back expecting same great service. Wrong. It's a Thursday and there is one waitress for the entire place. She has 9 tables to herself she is the same waitress that gave me amazing service 13...More

Thank Tommy L
Reviewed October 15, 2017

We stayed at the hotel for a week long getaway, hence we ate at The Dining Room for many breakfasts, a diner, and a late night dessert/nosh. Service was hit and miss. Staff seems to be mostly local and younger (college students, perhaps). We had...More

Thank Leland S
Reviewed September 5, 2017

The view would almost let me forgive the the haphazard service (can you check on our cocktails; may I have pepper for my salad; we ordered another bottle of water), but given the premium charged for dining here, the food and service did not live...More

Thank AnAmericanAbroad
Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

Every morning had breakfast on the terrace, every afternoon had late small plates lunch on terrace with champagne, and in evening cocktails. Class act across the board. Great piano player too!

Thank TheDotdog
Reviewed August 20, 2017

We took my sister to the El Encanto dining room terrace for a special birthday dinner and were not disappointed. Beautiful prepared dishes, attentive staff, and delicious food.

Thank coastliveoak
Reviewed August 16, 2017

We had the Chicken Flatbread and Chinese Chicken Salad. both we delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Make sure to leave room for dessert!

Thank Ali K
Reviewed May 22, 2017

We chose the Dining Room at El Encanto for our wedding reception dinner. Because of our party size (13 people), we requested the Wine Room - one of their private room options - which was absolutely wonderful. It allowed our group to chat in a...More

Thank CAK314
Reviewed May 6, 2017

Beautiful, elegant and prestigeous hotel's restaurant, highly-acclaimed and popular, offering beautiful views in a lush hilltop setting. What could possibly go wrong? Well, here are a few: 1) Cold, foggy and windy outdoor dining terrace. Nice outdoor radiant heaters, however only one in three were...More

1  Thank Snosearch
Reviewed May 5, 2017

The wide terrace allows great views looking over Santa Barbara out to the sea. The sunset time and the direction of your seats is important. We enjoyed the baby lettuce salad as a starter and shared the black cod for an entire. Both were fabulous....More

Thank dziran
Reviewed April 29, 2017

We absolutely loved dinner here. The food was fresh, the choice was good and the service was attentive. We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. We tried the lime pie donuts for dessert - which sounded a little unusual - but they did not disappoint! The...More

Thank Dani F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Pl, El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2176
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-5800
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